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© copyright by Shmulik Blum
© copyright by Shmulik Blum
© copyright by Undersea Hunter Group
We’re just back from another Cocos Island expedition aboard the Argo! This week we hosted a fantastic group from the Czech Republic. We had some rain and strong currents at times, which only added to the adventure. Overall, there was favorable weather mixed with bursts of strong gales of rain that typically didn’t last too long.

One of our favorite dives of the trip took place at Punta Maria, where we saw Galapagos sharks, a tiger shark and a curious giant manta that stayed with us for over 20 minutes! It was amazing! Manuelita Channel gave us some more tiger shark sightings, and we swam with positively immense schools of thousands and thousands of jacks at Dirty Rock. At Alcyone we saw Galapagos sharks, yellowfin tuna, blacktips and hammerheads at the cleaning stations (plus a big school of beautiful mullet snappers!). Our afternoon dives gave us encounters with frogfish, mantis shrimp, flounders and many different types of eel.

Toward the end of the week, we took an afternoon hike to one of Cocos Island’s spectacular lookout points and enjoyed a bit of topside trekking. We found a huge family of deer grazing, as well as feral pigs and several different kinds of birds including the Cocos finch.

All of our divers were impressed with the sheer variety of life at Cocos Island – which is home to the largest fish biomas in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, with an estimated 7.8 tonnes per hectare. 40% of this biomas is made up of apex predators like sharks, groupers and jacks.

Dive Conditions
Currents  
mild
strong
Visibility   48 ft / 15 m
Water Temp.   80°F / 27°C
Weather
Climate  
sunny
rainy
Sea  
calm
choppy
Crossings
to Cocos Island  
calm
choppy
to Puntarenas  
calm
choppy

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